Who Am I

Computer engineer with a PhD in Brain-Computer Interfaces, working on machine learning applied to neuroscience to augment human decision-making. Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Essex (UK) with experience in teaching, machine-learning consultancy in industry, and co-founder of EyeWink Ltd.

Research Experience

Senior Research Officer

Feb 2017 - Present
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering - University of Essex

Postdoctoral researcher working in the MURI project "Closed-Loop Multisensory Brain-Computer Interface for Enhanced Decision Accuracy".

Director

Dec 2015 - Present
EyeWink Ltd.

Co-founder of a company aiming at developing a wearable device that allows people to control external devices with eye winks.

Research Consultant

Nov 2016 - Dec 2016
Institute for Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex

Research consultancy for Hood Group Ltd on the application of machine learning and big data analytics techniques to insurance schemes.

Visiting Researcher

Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Working on state-space modelling (host Dr Demba Ba).

Senior Research Officer

May 2016 - Jul 2016
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Writing a literature review and a full grant proposal on neuroscience technologies to enhance group decision making.

Research Officer

Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
Institute for Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex

Investigating brain-to-brain communication via EEG signals and transcranial direct-current stimulation.

Research Consultant

Oct 2015 - Nov 2015
Institute for Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex

Research consultancy for Objective Computing Ltd (Chelmsford, UK) on the application of machine learning and big data analytics techniques in relation to marketing strategy.

Research Grants

Brain-computer-interface-assisted confidence estimation for group decision making, group selection and personnel training - Tranche 2

Jan 2017 - Mar 2019
Co-Investigator

Funded by the Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre (DHCSTC), UK's Ministry of Defence (approx. £375,000).

Brain-computer-interface-assisted confidence estimation for group decision making, group selection and personnel training - Tranche 1

May 2016 - Jul 2016
Co-Investigator

Funded by the Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre (DHCSTC), UK's Ministry of Defence (approx. £16,000).

Research Innovation Fund for Cybathlon 2016

May 2015 - Jul 2015
Co-Investigator

Funded by the University of Essex (£4,990 - code #DC10758).

Publications

Davide Valeriani, Ana Matran-Fernandez

Past and Future of Multi-Mind Brain-Computer Interfaces

2018
Brain-Computer Interfaces Handbook: Technological and Theoretical Advances, C. Nam, A. Nijholt and F. Lotte, Eds. CRC Press.
Davide Valeriani, Caterina Cinel, Riccardo Poli

Group Augmentation in Realistic Visual-Search Decisions via a Hybrid Brain-Computer Interface

2017
Scientific Reports 7(7772): 1-12.
doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08265-7
Davide Valeriani, Caterina Cinel, Riccardo Poli

A Collaborative BCI Trained to Aid Group Decisions in a Visual Search Task Works Well with Similar Tasks

2017
1st Neuroadaptive Technology Conference (NAT'17) - Berlin, Germany.
Davide Valeriani, Caterina Cinel, Riccardo Poli

Augmenting Group Performance in Target-Face Recognition via Collaborative Brain-Computer Interfaces for Surveillance Applications

2017
8th International IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference (NER) - Shanghai, China.
doi: 10.1109/NER.2017.8008378
Davide Valeriani, Caterina Cinel, Riccardo Poli

Hybrid Collaborative Brain-Computer Interfaces to Augment Group Decision Making

2017
Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work and in Everyday Life, H. Ayaz and F. Dehais, Eds. Elsevier.
Davide Valeriani, Riccardo Poli, Caterina Cinel

Enhancement of Group Perception via a Collaborative Brain-Computer Interface

2016
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 64(6): 1238-1248.
doi: 10.1109/TBME.2016.2598875
Davide Valeriani, Caterina Cinel, Riccardo Poli

Hybrid Collaborative Brain-Computer Interfaces to Augment Group Decision Making

2016
1st International Conference on Neuroergonomics - Paris, France.
Davide Valeriani, Caterina Cinel, Riccardo Poli

Improving Speech Perception with Collaborative Brain-Computer Interfaces

2016
38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.
Ana Matran-Fernandez, Davide Valeriani, Riccardo Poli

Toward BCIs out of the lab: The impact of motion artefacts on Brain-Computer Interfaces performance

2016
Wireless Medical Systems and Algorithms, P. Salvo and M. Hernandez-Silveira, Eds. CRC Press.
Davide Valeriani, Ana Matran-Fernandez

Towards a Wearable Device for Controlling a Smartphone with Eye Winks

2015
7th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC) - Colchester, UK.
doi: 10.1109/CEEC.2015.7332697
Davide Valeriani, Ana Matran-Fernandez, Diego Perez-Liebana, Javier Asensio-Cubero, Christian O'Connell, Andrei Iacob

A Comparison of Ensemble Methods for Motor Imagery Brain-Computer Interfaces

2015
European Conference on Data Analysis (ECDA) - Colchester, UK.
Davide Valeriani, Riccardo Poli, Caterina Cinel

A Collaborative Brain-Computer Interface to Improve Human Performance in a Visual Search Task

2015
7th International IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference (NER) - Montpellier, France.
doi: 10.1109/NER.2015.7146599
Davide Valeriani, Riccardo Poli, Caterina Cinel

A Collaborative Brain-Computer Interface for Improving Group Detection of Visual Targets in Complex Natural Environments

2015
7th International IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference (NER) - Montpellier, France.
doi: 10.1109/NER.2015.7146551
Riccardo Poli, Davide Valeriani, Caterina Cinel

Collaborative Brain-Computer Interface for Aiding Decision-making

2014
Marco Cigolini, Alessandro Costalunga, Federico Parisi, Marco Patander, Isabella Salsi, Andrea Signifredi, Davide Valeriani, Dario Lodi Rizzini, Stefano Caselli

Lessons learned in a Ball Fetch-And-Carry Robotic Competition

2014
Journal of Automation, Mobile Robotics & Intelligent Systems 8(1).
doi: 10.14313/JAMRIS_1-2014/11
Davide Valeriani, Dario Lodi Rizzini, Fabio Oleari, Stefano Caselli

A Viewpoint Planning and Navigation Algorithm for Mobile Robots using Depth Images

2013
Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA) - Sydney, Australia.
Pablo Mesejo-Santiago, Stefano Cagnoni, Alessandro Costalunga, Davide Valeriani

Segmentation of Histological Images using a Metaheuristic-based Level Set Approach

2013
15th Annual Conference Companion on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) - Amsterdam, Netherlands.
doi: 10.1145/2464576.2466808
Marco Cigolini, Alessandro Costalunga, Federico Parisi, Marco Patander, Isabella Salsi, Andrea Signifredi, Davide Valeriani, Dario Lodi Rizzini, Stefano Caselli

Lessons learned in a Ball Fetch-And-Carry Robotic Competition

2013
4th International Conference on Robotics in Education (RIE) - Lodz, Poland.

Education

PhD in Computing and Electronic Systems

2013 - 2017
University of Essex

Thesis title: Improving Group Decision Making with Collaborative Brain-Computer Interfaces.
Supervisors: Professor Riccardo Poli and Dr Caterina Cinel.
External examiners: Professor Slawomir Nasuto and Dr Hubert Cecotti.

MEng in Computer Engineering

2010 - 2013
University of Parma

Dissertation title: A 3D Perception System for Mobile Robot Navigation and Object Detection.
Supervisors: Professor Stefano Caselli and Dr Dario Lodi Rizzini.

BEng in Computer Engineering

2007 - 2010
University of Parma

Dissertation title: Development of a Software Library for Programming the Comau Smart Six Robot Manipulator.
Supervisors: Professor Stefano Caselli and Dr Jacopo Aleotti.

Teaching Experience

Lecturer

Oct 2017 - Dec 2017
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering - University of Essex

Preparing and giving lectures, preparing exams, preparing and marking coursework of module CE320 Large Scale Software Systems and Extreme Programming.

Graduate Laboratory Assistant

Oct 2013 - Mar 2016
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering - University of Essex

Holding lab activities and marking assignments in the following modules:
- CE320 Large Scale Software Systems and Extreme Programming (3 years)
- CE881 Mobile and Social Applications Programming (2 years)
- CE101 Professional Development (2 years)
- CE204 Data Structures and Algorithms (2 years)
- MA101 Applied Mathematics (1 year)
- CE151 Introduction to Programming (1 year).

Laboratory Assistant

Jan 2012 - Dec 2012
Department of Information Engineering - University of Parma

Holding lab activities in the following modules:
- Computer Architectures
- C++ Programming.

Awards

University of Essex convertible loan (£15,000) to EyeWink Ltd.

Jun 2017

Bronze medal with the Essex Brainstormers team in the BCI race of the Cybathlon 2016.

Oct 2016

Winner of the IET Present Around The World local network competition.

May 2016

Best paper award, 7th International IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference (NER'15), Montpellier (France).

Apr 2015

London Science Museum Award for winning HackTheBrain UK.

Mar 2015

Student travel grant, 4th International Conference on Robotics in Education, Lodz (Poland).

Oct 2013

Member of the winning team of the Sick Robot Day 2012.

Sep 2012

Talks

Past, Present and Future of Machine Learning and Neuroscience: Collaboration, Achievements and Limitations

Jan 2018
Panelist - MeetAI meetup, London (UK).

A Collaborative BCI Trained to Aid Group Decisions in a Visual Search Task Works Well with Similar Tasks

Jul 2017
Talk - Neuroadaptive Technology Conference (NAT'17), Berlin (Germany).

Making Better Decisions via Collaborative Brain-Computer Interfaces

Jun 2016
Seminar - University of Twente, Enschede (Netherlands).

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Mar 2016
Seminar - University of Parma, Parma (Italy).

EyeWink e dintorni

Mar 2016
Lecture - IIS B. Pascal, Reggio Emilia (Italy).

A Comparison of Ensemble Methods for Motor Imagery Brain-Computer Interfaces

Sep 2015
Talk - European Conference on Data Analysis 2015 (ECDA 2015), Colchester (UK).

Towards a Wearable Device for Controlling a Smartphone with Eye Winks

Sep 2015
Talk - 7th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC15), Colchester (UK).

A Collaborative Brain-Computer Interface to Improve Human Performance in a Visual Search Task

Apr 2015
Talk - 7th International IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference, Montpellier (France).

Robotics in Education

Dec 2013
Seminar - University of Parma, Parma (Italy).

Lessons Learned in a Ball Fetch-And-Carry Robotic Competition

Sep 2013
Talk - 4th International Conference on Robotics in Education, Lodz, (Poland).

Sick Robot Day 2012: an Italian victory

Oct 2012
Seminar - University of Parma, Parma (Italy).

Media

BBC Essex
Press release by University of Essex
The Conversation, republished by the Daily Mail and the Independent

Administration Experience

Country Ambassador

Jun 2016 - Jul 2017
University of Essex

Member of the Student Conduct Panel

Nov 2013 - Jul 2017
University of Essex

Programme Chair

Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
7th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference

Programme Committee Member

Jan 2014 - Sep 2014
6th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference

Postgraduate Research Students Representative

Apr 2014 - Jul 2015
Faculty of Science and Health, University of Essex

Research Students and GLA/GTAs Representative

Oct 2013 - Jul 2015
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Student Representative

Jan 2013 - Mar 2013
Academic Senate and Students' Council, University of Parma

Student Representative

Nov 2009 - Mar 2013
Department of Information Engineering Council, Computer Engineering Council and Evaluation Committee, University of Parma